Marliave
Marliave

Marliave

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marliave.com/
  • Phone: 6174220004x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Menu Sunday-Saturday:11:00am - 10:00pm. Cocktails Sunday-Saturday 11:00am- 1:00am. Dollar Oysters Sunday-Saturday: 4:00pm- 6:00pm and again 9:00pm- 10:00pm.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Herritt chef/owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Special Events: Marliave offers an extensive menu of smaller portioned hors d’oeuvres designed to supply a lighter fare in an informal cocktail setting. The upstairs bar is an attractive setting for parties up to fifty persons. The entire upstairs is available for larger gatherings over one hundred guest.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tremont Street
  • Public Transit: Park Street and Downtown Crossing
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available through the Nine Zero Hotel
A word from Marliave
The Marliave, Boston's fourth oldest restaurant, has a tireless commitment to house prepared cuisine. Our orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit juices are fresh squeezed daily. All breads, desserts, sauces, pastas, ice cream, and stocks are made daily in house and are prepared to order. The Marliave utilizes local fresh vegetables, fruits, natural raised animals, and the finest imported ingredients to create our food and drink menus.
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Marliave reviews from OpenTable diners
149 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (61)special occasion (58)romantic (55)great for outdoor dining (43)good for groups (40)great for lunch (25)notable wine list (20)scenic view (17)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (16)hot spot (8)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Went for restaurant week Aug 2014
    george
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Although it is restaurant week, the menu offered was almost exactly the same as the regular menu. Quite a selection and very good. We had the beef carpaccio and the mussels as appetizers. The beef dish was a bit bland but the mussels were tasty. Our mains were the trout with spinach (sublime) and the beef wellington. The beef was delicious - perfectly cooked. My only complaint was the lack of any vegetables. (ON the regular menu, they are served and charged for separately) Dessert was the warm chocolate cake with icecream (it was a huge serving) and the cheese course. The cake was very chocolately and was perfect with the ice cream. The cheese course was fine. I particularly liked the fig jam. We plan to go back again.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Amazing made from scratch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Not many people,never mind restaurants make their food from scratch so I was extremely pleasant when I got the Shrimp Scampi and the Linguine was made from scratch. As an italian Mom with an history of making my own pasta and ravioli's, i must say it was amazing! The icecream on the Brownie Sundae was a perfect way to end the lunch! Also made from scratch!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Restaurant Week Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The menu was unusually extensive for Restaurant Week which was a plus. Service was great. Caesar salad, excellent. My shrimp Scampi was good but the shrimp were a tad over cooked. Everyone else enjoyed their entree's. The box of chocolate truffles on the dessert menu was a great idea. Had one and took the rest for later. The only drawback to dining at Marliave are the steep stairs everywhere!
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  • Wonderful service!!!
    Megg
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The service was detailed and amazing! The food was good I am just personally not a fan of the nontradtional French onion soup. Everything else was amazing!!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoity Hostess
    like2eat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were seated at an uncomfortable, claustrophobic table. The restaurant was practically empty and the rude hostess told us all the other tables were reserved/requested. Finally a smart employee decided to move our table - once we were moved everything was wonderful. Food was spectacular, the service was pleasant and the ambience provided for pleasant lingering. The evening started out unpleasant, and could've been disasterous, especially because the restaurant never filled up, but at least one of their employees understood customer service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Early Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Made a reservation and we arrived 15 minutes early. Not an issue and we were seated within 30 seconds of our arrival. Service was very good. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly and also the others who assisted us during our dinner treated us well. Food was very good. I had the Osso Bucco, it was flavorful, served hot and plenty to eat. My date had the Beef Wellington, which was also flavorful, served hot, but it did not come with a side or vegetable. We sat upstairs which was little bit nicer and brighter than the first floor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I dine at Marliave often and am never unhappy with the food or service. It is a great restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Dive with Old School Charm
    Tommy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've been to Marliave several times now whether for dinner or just to have an after work cocktail. Most recently, my wife and I dined there with a few friends. We sat in one of the booths across from the downstairs bar. My Rye Manhattan was so excellent I ordered a second. I can never go back to regular maraschino cherries after experiencing the Luxardo style cherries Marliave uses. I enjoyed my pan roasted chicken under brick and also the bacon fat roasted brussels sprouts.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • meh!
    zero
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    underwhelmed. mediocre food, not very knowledgeable service staff. over priced for the quality
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  • Marliave never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The staff is really outstanding. The whole dinner was delicious. I recommend the cheese/charcuterie appetizer. The waiter will help you find exactly what you want from the extensive list. Same with the wine list. This was our first time getting ice cream. It did not disappoint. Ridiculous amounts of flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    2togoVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Not many people know where the Marliave is, and that's OK with us…...
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed this time
    RRtaster
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have enjoyed dining at Marliave several times before, but this last time the food was disappointing. The French onion soup was surprisingly oily. My husband's hamburger was not flavorful, and the brussel sprouts that he ordered as a side dish were swimming in grease; my chopped salad was also very bland and came without the green beans that were supposed to be on it, and only a microscopic amount of asparagus. Noise level inside was deafening - we had trouble hearing each other. On the plus side, our server was extremely courteous and responsive, and the ambiance/scenery were lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Not a great food night
    RasputinVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Have been here several times, particularly for their famed breast of chicken, which is usually wonderful. This time though the chicken was way overcooked, dry and the whole dish and far far too much garlic on it. Both my friend and I ordered it and barely took a few bites. A pity. Surprisingly, because we did not bring our disappointment tot eh attention of the waitress when she asked, the items were left on our bill, when I believe they should have been comped because it was apparent we hardly touched our main courses.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    BP8465
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great spot for a special dinner with some great friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service/Food
    Kennard
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It's not often the combination of great food/service come together making all the courses enjoyable. This may not matter for most but the only room for growth found is the brew/wine/cocktail options.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Date night done right
    ez2plz
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Weather permitting, a great place to sit outdoors and enjoy some classy food in a back ally of Boston :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marliave
    Dinerforlife
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Birthday celebration for 4. Outstanding staff with attention to detail. Food was good, portions were more than ample. Airconditioning was blowing a bit much but it is an old building.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had reservations for 5 pm but went to the bar at 4 pm to get the flavor of the place. We did not stay for dinner.... No beers on tap at a full bar was a disappointment, but more than anything was the bartender who was just non-engaging from the start. Reluctant to make our time there memorable. Did not offer water or bread- we had to ask for it. We ordered a dozen and half of assorted oysters and half a dozen of clams on the half shell. Bartender was more interested in talking to fellow bartender about how much money he had made one of the previous evenings. Boring and un eventful experience- left without having a real dinner. Will not return or recommend..
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  • Marliave is good
    SilkeVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Busy night, delicious scampi with pasta... rather rushed and intrusive service (plopping down the check with the dessert, "Whenever you're ready"), noisy (no sound absorption in wood floor, brick walls). Marliave was quiet and 'slow' for a long time after it opened, second of Scott Herritt's restaurants... after the subterranean Grotto, now seems to have been discovered. As @ Grotto, food is the best part... ambiance of Marliave is better than Grotto... maybe he should close the little basement Grotto and concentrate on one great restaurant??? But Grotto is still busy every night... so maybe not! I like them both pretty well (though Grotto menu hasn't changed in ten years)... wish one or other were truly great.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved everything!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    From the view upstairs to the delicious rabbit entree and insalata di mar appetizer....everything was amazing, and I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to dress up for dinner and get treated to a special night. The server was prompt and attentive...and also hung back enough so we could enjoy our second glass of wine and chat. Can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Atmosphere and excellent food
    desertrose
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Over several lunch visits and a special occasion dinner the food was consistently excellent and the servers attentive each time. Servings are ample portions with incredible flavor and seasonings. The meat and chicken are tender. Lunch time fries served crispy and taste like real potatoes. Sauces are tasty but not too heavy especially the sauce for the scallops.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Good eating
    jimbo
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Marliave is a great place for lunch, dinner or a drink. A real taste of Boston dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pudding to die for
    TDC6
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Made a last minute reservation here with son and wife. Service was excellent. We sat upstairs. It was a bit noisy with a group near us. Outdoor dining area looked nice. One of only few we saw. Wine was ok and entrees good. Sons burger great as well as the rarebits appetizer. The best was the tapioca pudding. By far the greatest.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Bernergal
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    First time and we will return The French onion soup with short rib base was fabulous service was outstanding The Beef Wellington was cooked to perfection and the cheese selection was outstanding
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • emeraldlynx
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very, Very good food!! The wellington I had was prepared perfectly and the flavors outstanding - the polenta was out of this world!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always delicious
    Twofoodys
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We have eaten there 3 times and the food and service were great each time. It is in a very old section of Boston so don't be put off by the old building. Once inside it is modern and very clean and inviting.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good.
    SteakNPotatoes
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Delicious seafood salad and steak frites. Drinks were not as good as we had hoped, but still not bad.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Pretty good
    figment
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    You really can't beat their half price oysters everyday, including the weekend. They offer four options, all of which are fresh and delicious. The truffle fries are also very good, but I wish they had a half order option, because it is too large for even two people to share.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Delicious food and drinks
    Kelly
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Get here during their happy hour special (1/2 off oysters) - great drinks to go with dozen or so oysters :)
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing and overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    After being let down by our first dining experience in Boston, I looked to Boston Magazine for a recommendation, and this was listed in 2013. I was sorely disappointed with the food. The service was fine, but the food was over priced and under seasoned. I started with the beet salad, which looked very pretty, but tasted very bland. The trout had no seasoning to it, was breaded and dried out, and came with no sauce to accompany it. My buddies had the burger, which for $18 was disappointing, and the steak frites, which was acceptable, but nothing special. Not recommended at all.
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  • Old-world charm
    elmell
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I’d have thought this charming place tucked away downtown would be packed on a Saturday evening, but fortunately for us it had a more relaxed vibe of couples and friends enjoying oysters on the terrace (trad-brasserie-style interior looked inviting, but it was too nice out for that). We couldn’t decide between rabbit and Wellington, so we split both (they brought out the latter to present it, then took it back to split it for us). Either would have been plenty for both of us; both were beautifully prepared – and rich. Massive mac & cheese starter and sybaritic chocolate cake completed our total overindulgence. Very friendly, professional, yet low-key service (as nearly everywhere in our time in Boston) added to the experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service
    jfuey
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Received the wrong food, charged twice for a side and received the wrong bill at the end of the night
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    special occasion
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  • Business lunch for out-of-towner
    maryrose
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I was coming in from New York for a business lunch with my client. This restaurant was around the corner from her office and, therefore, very convenient. The ambience was unpretentious but very nice and befitting a client lunch; the menu was varied enough and interesting and the food was good. Wait staff very prompt and courteous. The price was also very reasonable. I would recommend it.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School with new twists
    annabeleeVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I can't believe I have lived in Boston since 89 and just started to go to the Marliave regularly. Amazingly fresh and well-prepared seafood. Great truffled mac n cheese. very nice and affordable wine list. I mean, how many wine lists serve by the glass, the 1/2 bottle, and the bottle. No upcharge, either. Great service. Amazing old history. Definitely great for townies and visitors.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Cmmm
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our waitress was amazing. The food and cocktails were delicious. A little weird sitting outside in an alley, but they did a great job with the patio. We were very comfortable. Overall an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Downtown French Restaurant
    Diningoutisspecial
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A great find in the heart of the city, tucked between Tremont and Province, great cocktails too.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic food
    kaykay
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Every meal is done excellently. The broccoli rabe is the best I've ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Marliave!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Would definitely come back for a special occasion!
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great food, good service but
    klbcruising
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    A group of 6 of us traveled to Boston for a celebration. After lots of research we chose Marliave for our celebratory dinner. Well we arrived at the restaurant on-time to be told we were going to have to eat in the lounge not in the dining room upstairs. The table was just inside the front door right beside the hostess station - not an ideal location and was not set up for 6. It was a booth for 4 or 5 and they got 2 chairs to add to make it for 6. The evening didn't start out well. However the food was delicious. 2 of us shared the beef carpaccio and tuna tartare while the other 4 shared the mussels and macaroni and cheese and we all shared the truffle fries. Fries are to die for. My beet salad was okay, too much cheese for me.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Before
    OTwist
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Disappointed this time: friend's polenta had to be redone and arrived after he had finished his meal. Shown to table by indifferent guide.
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